Egypt recalls Tunisia envoy: State TV

AFP , Saturday 28 Sep 2013

Egypt's Foreign Ministry recalls ambassador for 'consultation' following Tunisian PM demands for release of Morsi

Moncef Marzouki
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (Photo: AP)

Egypt recalled its ambassador from Tunisia on Saturday after the Tunisian President demanded the release of deposed leader Mohamed Morsi, state television reported.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry recalled its ambassador for "consultation," state television reported.

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki had called on Egypt's new rulers to release Islamist former president Morsi, who has been detained in a secret location since the military overthrew him on 3 July amid mass nationwide protests against his rule.

The United Arab Emirates, which strongly supports the military-installed government in Cairo, had earlier recalled its ambassador to Tunisia in protest at Marzouki's remarks.

The Emirati newspaper Al-Khaleej reported that the UAE's decision was made after "attacks by the Tunisian president against Egypt and its new leadership, which the Emirates find unacceptable."

Morsi faces trial on charges of inciting the killings of protesters during clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012, but no date has been set for the hearings.

Police have arrested more than 2,000 Islamists in a broad crackdown on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement.

More than 1,000 people, mostly Islamists, have also died in clashes with security forces since 14 August, when police broke up two Islamist protest camps in Cairo.

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